Human Resources

Energy and Systems Manager

FLSA EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Salaried; Exempt; Administrative; 12 months

DEPARTMENT: Facilities


This position is responsible for managing a comprehensive Energy Management program for Alma College including evaluating and improving energy efficiency, working in tandem with the Facilities Trades area (HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing), the Sustainability Committee, and a Space Utilization Committee to develop best practices for all utility usage and conservation.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Energy Management, Engineering or related major is preferred or the candidate should have equivalent experience requiring similar competencies and application of skills.
  • 2-3 years of professional experience in Energy or Systems Management, or a related engineering or systems-field related to the work assigned to the position.
  • 2-3 years of experience overseeing activities related to environmental, health, and safety procedures and protocols and inspections.


  • Knowledge of architectural, mechanical, and electrical operation of physical facilities
  • Knowledge of safety standards/precautions, including compliance with local, state and federal regulations (MIOSHA) especially pertinent to systems maintenance
  • Understanding of boiler chemistry, cooling tower chemistry, and Legionella
  • Exhibit strong mathematical, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage a wide range of constituents in a rapidly changing environment with a commitment to equity and inclusion.


  1. Develop and implement utility management strategies and measures related to building heating/cooling, electrical usage, efficient irrigation practices and water conservation.
  2. Manage energy and systems team including key HVAC, electrical, lighting, and plumbing maintenance personnel.
  3. Serve as the primary contact to Project Management and Safety on all energy-related projects.
  4. Propose Capital projects related to energy and work closely with Facilities Services Project Management Team during the design, construction and commissioning of projects, ensuring sustainable building practices are carried throughout design and construction.
  5. Manage and track the effectiveness of energy efficiency/renewable energy projects on campus and regularly report progress.
  6. Research, present, and utilize local, state, and federal rebate and incentive programs to assist with the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives.
  7. Evaluate existing Building Automation System (BAS) settings and opportunities for energy savings. Oversee upgrade and consolidation of BAS to improve campus support and scheduling.
  8. Undertake, support, and/or supervise the semiannual and/or annual inspections and sensitivity testing: kitchen hood panel inspection, wet inspection, fire door inspection, pump churn/flow test, extinguishers, generators.
  9. Oversee back-flow testing for the City of Alma when required.
  10. Coordinate work of the campus with key energy, utility, and systems partners.
  11. Oversee the catalog and storage of related electronic prints, spec. books, and general stewardship of the blue-print room.
  12. Partner with Operations Director to maximize efficiency and cost savings on all plumbing fixtures, custodial waste collection and recycling and transportation fleet efficiency.
  13. Work with a consultant to create Campus Storm-Water Management Plan and partnership with the City of Alma and Gratiot County.
  14. Negotiate the purchase of utilities where possible, including electricity, natural gas, water, recycling services and refuse collection.
  15. Other duties as assigned.


General office duties conducted within a professional office setting in the Facilities Operations building. Extensive computer use required. Frequent campus errands required including access to all public and non-public areas of the campus. Routine visitation to job sites. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand or sit for up to eight hours per day; walk to all points of campus; frequently bend, climb, crawl, reach, twist the torso, and work with repetitive arm motions below, at, and overhead. The employee must be able to lift 10-25 lbs. numerous times each day and up to 100 lbs. a few times weekly. Must have a valid, or be eligible to obtain, a Michigan driver’s license, clearing initial and periodic driving record checks, and become an approved driver at the College.

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Interested candidates shall submit an Alma College application and a cover letter, current resume, and the names of three professional references via email to For an Alma College application, please go to:

Alma College is a selective, baccalaureate liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders. Alma’s undergraduate and graduate students thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

Story published on November 18, 2022